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TORONTO —Once again, Mike (Pinball) Clemons will serve as the face of the
Toronto Argonauts franchise. Ray Nitschke Jersey . The longtime Argos
player, coach and executive will be featured in a special run of domestic stamps
that will celebrate the Grey Cups 100th anniversary. The historic game will be
played at Rogers Centre on Nov. 25. Canada Post unveiled a series of
commemorative 100th Grey Cup stamps on Monday that includes one featuring a
memorable occasion for each CFL team, as well as another depicting the Cup
itself. Booklets will be available in post offices across the country starting
Thursday. “When I was first asked (to appear on stamp), I was overwhelmed, I
actually shed tears because its one of those things of Why me?” Clemons said.
“Then it becomes one of those confidence things, you know, I wasnt bad! “But
when I started to think back about history and all the greats, I suddenly
realized it wasnt about me. Thats the great thing about our game, its the
ultimate team sport. When I got to the era I played in, I said, Hold on. Doug
Flutie? Matt Dunigan? Rocket Ismail? Mike OShea? I wasnt even the best player in
my era. Why me? Well, I realized Im just a metaphor. “Im here because no one is
bigger than the game. Today, I stand on behalf of seven other metaphors across
our league, to position ourselves on a stamp that, well, is better represented
by the great fans across our country who support our game.” Clemons and CFL
commissioner Mark Cohon were both on hand to help unveil the stamps during a
news conference at Varsity Stadium. “Having the Grey Cup honoured, recognized
and celebrated on our countrys stamps really is tremendous tribute,” Cohon said.
“Its a salute to the teams and athletes that have played this game for
generations and having them on our stamps is a great honour for all of us. “More
than that, I think its an honour for every Canadian who loves and cherishes and
really supports the Grey Cup.” Deepak Chopra, Canada Posts president and chief
executive officer, said recognizing and honouring the Grey Cups rich history is
in keeping with the corporations tradition. “One of the roles weve played since
our inception is preserving the national heritage through our stamps,” he said.
“We have captured moments, personalities, history and this is another great
opportunity to do that. “We live in the shadow of an 800-pound gorilla called
the NFL and for a league to survive and thrive for 100 years is a tribute in
itself. I think we owe it to the CFL as Canadians to show all of our passion and
I think weve taken that responsibility through our stamps.” The five-foot-six,
170-pound Clemons, currently the Argos vice chair, will appear on the clubs
stamp in full uniform carrying the ball. It will also honour the 1950 Grey Cup
game at Varsity Stadium affectionately dubbed the Mud Bowl because of the
sloppy, wet conditions Toronto and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were forced to play
in. The Argos won the game 13-0. Clemons, 47, is also no stranger to the Grey
Cup as his name appears four times on the historic trophy. The native of
Dunedin, Fla., joined the Argos in 1989 and helped them win three Grey Cups as a
player and in 2004 as the clubs head coach, becoming the first African American
head coach in CFL history to claim a league championship. Clemons No. 31 jersey
is one of only four that has been retired by the Argos. His determination and
tenacity on the field are depicted in his nickname, but Clemons warm, broad
smile and pleasant demeanour off it combined to make him one of the citys most
popular athletes. And one of its most appreciative. “I stand here proudly, not
as a player of the Toronto Argonauts but the Toronto Argonauts biggest fan,”
Clemons said. “I love the game, love the team, I love our league. “I came here
to continue playing, I came for new hope to continue playing the game I love. I
found a new home and I reached new heights and the greatest part of that whole
thing is the opportunity, the platform, this great game has given me to share
with others. “A great athlete before I once said, I am the luckiest man in the
world. While I feel that way, Ive actually come to understand if its me thinking
Im the luckiest, Im not giving enough credit to the rest of us in Canada. It
might be said we are the luckiest people in the world to live in what is one of,
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